Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said the affidavit filed on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Supreme Court confirms all issues he had raised on the 2G spectrum allocation and claimed he was now free to approach a lower court to seek prosecution of former Telecom Minister A. Raja.

Mr. Swamy also called for immediate cancellation of licences issued through undervalued sale of 2G spectrum.

“I am satisfied that the affidavit filed on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh confirms all my issues with facts. I am happy with the response,” he told reporters in Dehra Dun.

Now, he said, he was free to file a complaint before a session judge and ask a warrant be issued against Mr. Raja, who quit as Telecom Minister last week.

Mr. Swamy said the Prime Minister replied only to one of the five letters he sent on the 2G spectrum issue.

“This (sale of 2G spectrum) is the biggest scam of the world which cost to the government exchequer by Rs. 1.76 lakh crore. So, all licences must be cancelled immediately and a fresh auction must be held in this regard,” he said.

He said he has also urged the Prime Minister to ask the U.S. to share bank transfer records regarding the 2G spectrum deal which it maintains through its communication facility “as this data are vital for future prosecution and finding out the bribe money trail.”

Though the Prime Minister took two years to respond to his letters, Mr. Swamy said Dr. Singh was not responsible for the scam “because he is an economist and did not study law.”

When asked as to what objection he has against Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati, Mr. Swamy said he would not mind if Mr. Vahanvati represents Prime Minister in the court.

“But if he appears for giving arguments in the 2G spectrum deal on behalf of the government, I would object because he is the man who advised Raja for not sending the matter to group of ministers and Cabinet for necessary approval,” he added.

He also claimed that Rs. 60,000 crore were paid as bribe in the undervalued sale of 2G spectrum.


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